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To support evidence-based practice, we provide relevant clinical practice guidelines for APTA members. (These were previously housed at PTNow.)

These CPGs are based on a systematic review of the evidence and published by APTA sections, or by other health care associations, organizations, and societies, not by individuals. APTA does not endorse any of these guidelines unless specifically noted.

Some CPGs include a CPG+ analysis, a translation aid for applying CPGs to practice, including an Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation II (AGREE II) conducted by a team of experts.

Guidelines are provided to assist in clinical decision making, not to take the place of clinician judgment.

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Clinical Practice Guideline to Improve Locomotor Function Following Chronic Stroke, Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury, and Brain Injury

December 31, 2019 | CPG

Patient Age: 80 and over (80+), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+), Adult (25-44), Young Adult (19-24)
Condition & Symptoms: Stroke

Palliative Care for Adults, Sixth Edition

December 31, 2019 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), 80 and over (80+), Aged (65+), Middle Aged (45-64)

OARSI Guidelines for the Non-surgical Management of Knee, Hip, and Polyarticular Osteoarthritis

October 31, 2019 | CPG

Patient Age: Aged (65+), 80 and over (80+)
Condition & Symptoms: Knee Conditions, Osteoarthritis

Recommendations for the Treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis and Nonradiographic Axial Spondyloarthritis

October 1, 2019 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Ankylosing Spondylitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis

Canadian Guideline for Parkinson Disease

September 9, 2019 | CPG

Patient Age: Aged (65+), Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64)
Condition & Symptoms: Parkinson Disease

Patellofemoral Pain

August 31, 2019 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Child (6-12), Young Adult (19-24), Adolescent (13-18), Middle Aged (45-64)
Condition & Symptoms: Knee Conditions

Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Rehabilitation of Lower Limb Amputatio...

August 31, 2019 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Aged (65+), Middle Aged (45-64)
Condition & Symptoms: Amputation

Management of Chronic Pain [SIGN 136] [revised]

July 31, 2019 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), 80 and over (80+), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Chronic Pain

Guidelines for the Management of Patients With Positional Plagiocephaly: 2. The Role of Imaging

July 10, 2019 | CPG

Patient Age: Condition & Symptoms: Plagiocephaly

Guidelines for the Management of Patients With Positional Plagiocephaly: 4. The Role of Physical Therapy

July 10, 2019 | CPG

Patient Age: Condition & Symptoms: Plagiocephaly